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Deputies investigate fatal crash near Columbia River High School; student injured

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter, and
, Columbian environment and transportation reporter
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Officials look over the aftermath of a crash between a Subaru Legacy, foreground, and a Volkswagen Jetta near Columbia River High School on 99th Street on Tuesday morning, March 6, 2018. One person was confirmed dead in the crash. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)
Officials look over the aftermath of a crash between a Subaru Legacy, foreground, and a Volkswagen Jetta near Columbia River High School on 99th Street on Tuesday morning, March 6, 2018. One person was confirmed dead in the crash. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

One person was killed and two others critically hurt in a two-vehicle crash in front of Columbia River High School in Vancouver Tuesday morning.

Police and ambulances were dispatched to the high school, at 800 N.W. 99th St., around 10:10 a.m. One person was killed, according to a Clark County sheriff’s deputy at the scene.

Sgt. Fred Neiman said a Subaru Legacy was pulling out of the high school parking lot, near the football field, when it hit a westbound, gray Volkswagen Jetta.

Sgt. Brent Waddell said a student, who was driving the Subaru, was hospitalized with critical injuries. The Volkswagen driver was killed, and a passenger in the car also suffered critical injuries.

The county medical examiner and an ambulance, along with multiple sheriff’s office and Fire District 6 vehicles, clustered around the area shortly before noon. Deputies blocked off all lanes of a portion of Northwest 99th Street in front the high school.

The Jetta’s front end was damaged, end it ended up on the street’s east sidewalk. The Subaru came to rest facing west in a turn lane.

Access to Columbia River High School was restricted as law enforcement investigated the crash, district spokeswoman Pat Nuzzo said. The school prepared  alternate bus routes in case the investigation continued to block traffic come the end of the school day.

C-Tran detoured Routes 2 and 9 due to the 99th Street closure. Buses used 94th Street between Northwest Ninth and Fourth avenues.

Nuzzo said a school band concert was canceled due to the crash.

Katie Gillespie contributed to this report.

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